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A Small Place

By: Jamaica Kincaid
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Summary

From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.

"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the prime minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a prime minister would want an airport named after him - why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen..." So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the 10-by-12-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.

Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

©2016 Jamaica Kincaid (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Refreshing and searingly honest depiction

This book should be essential reading in all schools for a different perspective on the impact of the British Empire and colonisation.

Refreshing, searingly honest. Worth revisiting several times.

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Beautiful

Simply beautiful! A small place puts into words the pain, hurt and beauty of a little island in the West Indies. Brilliant narration.

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Giving voice to the unspoken absurdity

Splendid writing and observations by Jamaica Kincaid exposing the realities of history and post-colonial society. Read with such acerbic nonchalance, one is drawn into the diatribe. Will be returning to this.

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A Caribbean Classic

The reputation of A Small Place preceded it, and it did not disappointed. Absolutely brilliant.

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Engaging

Didn.'t know what to expect.
Great lesson in history you learn something new.
Excellent pairing with narrator.

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Happy I Finally Read It

As someone of full Caribbean blood, I found this to be essential reading although my family is from another ‘Small Island’. I will be recommending it to others of my generation who may appreciate the brilliantly painted perspective and history outlined.

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Shocking!

Loved it. Surprising what turbulence lies beneath the surface of such a tranquil beautiful island.

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an authentic Antiguan accent

whilst the narrative was very interesting and shed light on the lot of colonial Antigua in its heyday, I found the accent of the narrator to be very off-putting. Being a descendant of an Antigua and having an Antiguan grandmother, mum and family I am very familiar with the accent. She read more like a south Asian accent. I think if you are going to use somebody with an accent for this book it has to be authentic and relate to the place. I found it very off-putting...

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A delight to listen

This book is grounded in the love of Antiguan people and culture, for the place and the memories with strong critique of how coloniality shapes the "small place".
The performance is fantastic. I enjoyed listening.

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Interesting read

The narrator did an exceptional job! I followed every emotion and could not stop listening till the end!

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